Category: Featured Teachers

Interactive Handouts Courtesy of Barbara O'Neill and Kerri Herrild!

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Aug 11, 2017
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Interactive, Budgeting, Featured Teachers, Investing, Lesson Idea, Tips for Teachers, Summer Institute, Teaching Strategies
As part of our Summer Institute session, educators had the opportunity to take an engaging personal finance interactive resource and create a handout to accompany it.  Hat tip to Barbara O'Neill of Rutgers University, New Brunswick (NJ) and Kerri Herrild of De Pere High School, De Pere (WI) who shared their finished products with us. For those of you looking for high quality, engaging, resources guaranteed to get your students thinking about their financial mindset, look no further than...

Schools in the News

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Aug 02, 2017
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Featured Teachers, Personal Finance, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Schools In News, Tips for Teachers
Franklin Military Academy financial literacy course receives high marks (Richmond Free Press) The passionate discussion of Phyllis Jackson’s students can be heard long before reaching her classroom at Richmond’s Franklin Military Academy. On a recent warm afternoon, Ms. Jackson’s students are divided into small groups to tackle an assignment in her economics and personal finance class: To figure out the cost of transportation to and from work and budgeting the money to cover it. At...

For Your Listening Pleasure, The Top 10 NGPF Podcasts

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Jul 25, 2017
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Podcasts, Credit Scores, Credit Cards, Index Funds, Investing, Mutual Funds, Current Events, Credit Reports, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship
The NGPF Podcast started almost two years ago (and almost 100 podcast segments later) allowed me to “scratch my own itch.” To anyone who knows me, I love talking finance and since I was young I was always told that I had a voice (and a face) for radio. I thought why not try this “podcasting thing” and see what happens. My thinking was “How much fun would it be to reach out to interesting people, including educators, researchers, columnists, finance experts, authors,...

NGPF "Webbies" Recognize Teachers Devoted to Professional Development

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Jun 28, 2017
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Webinar, Featured Teachers, Professional Development
As we close the book on another school year, we wanted to recognize educators who committed to their own professional development through their participation in Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) webinars. Announcing our first NGPF “Webby” awards for those educators who participated in the most NGPF webinars over the past school year (Thanks to Sid Sharma, NGPF intern for this analysis). Each of the educators recognized below will be receiving a $100 Amazon gift card. And the envelope...

NGPF Recognizes Outstanding Educators Dedicated to Building Financial Capability

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Jun 13, 2017
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Featured Teachers, Activity, Activities
As part of a Financial Literacy Month initiative, Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) partnered with DonorsChoose.org to bring engaging, easy-to-implement personal finance resources to classrooms across the nation (see links below for activities completed). We would like to thank all of the educators who took part in this opportunity for bringing financial education to your students. As you can read here, these 1,200 educators delivered essential financial skills to over 26,000 students (in just 60...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Teacher-Innovator Jesse Peterkin of Ridgefield High School (CT)

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Jun 11, 2017
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Podcasts, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship
It was great to have NGPF Teacher Innovator Award winner Jesse Peterkin on the podcast recently. Jesse teaches at Ridgefield High School (Ridgefield, Connecticut). His project Create a Budget and Financial Plan uses celebrities and avatars as hooks to engage students to develop comprehensive financial plans for their “clients.” Hear Jesse share the trials and tribulations of his first job, learn how his career in the private sector informs his teaching and hear his ideas on how...

Schools in the News

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Jun 08, 2017
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Featured Teachers
Twin Falls High School personal finance class learns about home buying (KMTV11.com) Lorraine Rapp’s personal finance class went to an open house Thursday and visited with two real estate agents and a mortgage loan officer. The real estate agents gave them a tour and provided information on the property. Newark’s Teacher Of The Year Is A Master Internship Matchmaker (Newark Patch) The Newark Public School District honored Brian Klasner as its “Teacher of the Year” on Tuesday...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Teacher-Innovator Tara Kelley of Harwood Union HS (Vermont)

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May 30, 2017
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Credit Cards, Payment Types, Teaching Strategies, Math, Featured Teachers, Podcasts
I had a great conversation recently with NGPF Teacher Innovator Award winner, Tara Kelley, a math teacher from Harwood Union High School in Duxbury, Vermont. Tara created a Spring Break Project (who doesn’t want to plan a spring break vacation?) which allowed her students to explore the cost of using a credit card to pay for their Spring Break vacation. They learned through this activity the impact that changing their monthly credit card payments has on the total interest paid as well...

Why We Do What We Do...

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May 30, 2017
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Featured Teachers
A great message to see after a long weekend: From Angela, educator in Transition Education program: I love the Next Gen Personal Finance program. Katie and I shared this with our colleagues. We both were excited and loved this program we were introduced to by Donorschoose. We had to share this wonderful program. We as a school have purchased programs that have been honestly a waste of money. It was a honor for Katie and I to share this with our colleagues as we watched it on our school...

Bringing Financial Education To 1,200 Classrooms In 60 Days: What We Learned from Our DonorsChoose.org Partnership

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May 24, 2017
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Current Events, Financial Literacy, Schools In News, Featured Teachers
We set a goal this spring to bring Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) activities and projects into 1,000 new classrooms throughout the U.S. Our experience leading workshops at dozens of educator conferences all over the country had demonstrated the power of trial. That is, getting educators to spend 15 minutes “trying” out our website using a Scavenger Hunt had a powerful effect as we often heard: “I wish I knew about you sooner.” “There is so much here that I...

Amanda and Laurie's Classrooms of the Future

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May 24, 2017
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Schools In News, Featured Teachers, NGPF Fellows
In March, we blogged about a news article profiling NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz’s upcoming “Classroom of the Future” remodel at St. Clair High School in Michigan. If you’re a Facebook user, you can see beautiful pictures of her classroom (and her students in action)! And, now that we’ve announced our Summer Institute participants for 2017, we’re pleased to share classroom pictures from Laurie Gardner’s newly redone Classroom of the Future at Marine City High...

Careers of the Future! A Guest Post from Andrea Stemper

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May 21, 2017
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Career, Lesson Idea, Employment, Featured Teachers, NGPF Fellows
Andrea Stemper’s one of our NGPF Fellows who integrates personal finance into her economics classes (but not for long — she’s also advocating at her district to make personal finance its own elective course, which we’d LOVE to see happen). Adept at integrating financial capability into econ, Andrea’s written in with this suggestion for a lesson on job prospects and supply & demand: When we think about our jobs, it is important to consider what might be in...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Teacher-Innovator Todd Gragg (Midwest City HS, Oklahoma)

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May 18, 2017
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Featured Teachers, Podcasts
I had a great conversation with NGPF Teacher-Innovator Award winner, Todd Gragg, who discussed his award-winning project, “The Great Depression Game.” Despite being a relatively new teacher, Todd has already demonstrated his passionate advocacy for financial education through his involvement with the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education and Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition.  In this podcast, you will learn more about his “Great Depression Game,” a cross-curricular...

Schools in the News

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May 10, 2017
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Schools In News, Financial Literacy, Current Events, This Week In Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers
Inspiring Educator: Ami Amero (WCSH6) [Editor’s note: You can listen to Ami’s story on this NGPF podcast] This week’s Maine Education Association Inspiring Educator is Ami Amero. Amero has been teaching history at Forest Hills Consolidated School in Jackman for the last 20 years. During her time there, she started a personal finance class to help students with real life finance after graduation. That class is now a requirement for all Forest Hill students to graduate. Amero...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Educator Nick Simmons of Hopkins Academy (Hadley, MA)

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May 05, 2017
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Taxes, Audio Resource, Featured Teachers
Thanks to Nick Simmons for his recent appearance on the NGPF Podcast. I learned about Nick’s work at the Hopkins Academy in Hadley, Massachusetts from a recent feature in the local paper describing his passion for personal finance. In this podcast, Nick shares his methods for teaching challenging topics like taxes and investing and how he uses technology in creative ways. You will also learn how his advocacy work made personal finance education a requirement at his high school. Enjoy!...

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